Hernandez dominant as M's beat Angels 3-2
SEATTLE (AP) — Kendrys Morales snapped a 2-all tie with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning, Felix Hernandez allowed just one earned run and five hits over eight innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Saturday night.
The Mariners were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and suffering through another miserable night without clutch hitting before Morales' line-drive single off reliever Michael Roth that scored Kyle Seager with the go-ahead run. Jesus Montero hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Seattle to pull the Mariners even.
That was all Hernandez (3-2) needed. He stumbled only in the third inning when Chris Iannetta led off with a solo homer and the Angels added an unearned run. Hernandez won at home for the first time this season.
Mariners 3B coach Datz announces cancer diagnosis
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners third-base coach Jeff Datz says he has been diagnosed with cancer and might be away from the team for part of the season.
Datz told Mariners' players during a team meeting on Saturday afternoon and later released a written statement. Datz said he's still in the process of making decisions on treatment and he might have to miss some games. Datz said he released the statement because he doesn't want his absence to be a distraction. He declined further comment until decisions on timing and treatment have been made.
The type of cancer was not disclosed.
The 53-year-old Datz is in his third season with the Mariners. He previously worked on coaching staffs with Baltimore and Cleveland. As a player, Datz reached the majors only once, playing in seven games with Detroit in 1989.
Wallace lifts Timbers past Sporting KC, 3-2
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Rodney Wallace scored in the 58th minute, lifting the Portland Timbers to a 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.
Ryan Johnson had a goal and an assist for Portland (3-1-4), which extended its unbeaten streak to six matches and has won three of its last four. Wallace's winner came off an assist from Diego Chara.
Chance Myers scored the first two goals of his career for Sporting (4-3-2), including the third-fastest score in club history, but it wasn't enough to keep Kansas City from taking back-to-back losses for the first time this season.
Myers' first goal, off Matt Besler's long throw-in, came 40 seconds into the match. It was the earliest score ever at Sporting Park, which opened in 2011.
Johnson equalized with a header in the 24th minute, but Myers made it 2-1 in the 29th with a tap-in off assists from Aurelien Collin and Benny Feilhaber. Four minutes later, Johnson drew out keeper Jimmy Nielsen with a run into the box and crossed to Darlington Nagbe for an easy finish that made it 2-2.
Seahawks select WR Chris Harper in fourth round
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The fifth round of the NFL draft will again be a focal point for the Seattle Seahawks as they selected Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, LSU cornerback Tharold Simon and Rice tight end Luke Willson on Saturday.
Williams is a big tackle who can play multiple positions along Seattle's defensive front. Willson is an athletic tight end the Seahawks believe can stretch the field in the passing game.
But it was the pick of Simon, just two days after he arrested in his hometown of Eunice, La., that may be the most intriguing.
Simon was arrested Thursday night on charges of public intimidation, resisting an officer and a noise violation. Simon said a series of misunderstandings and an overzealous police officer led to his arrest.
Seattle selected Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper in the fourth round and their second running back of the draft in LSU's Spencer Ware in the sixth.
Colts take S Boyett from Oregon
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis has selected Oregon safety John Boyett in the 6th round of the NFL draft.
The 5-foot-9, 204 pound Boyett is the first Colts pick outside the offensive or defensive line.
The 192 overall pick Saturday spent three full seasons with the Ducks and appeared in just one game during his senior season after having season-ending surgery to repair injuries to the knee.
Indy selected defensive end Bjoern Werner, offensive linemen Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes, and defensive tackle Montori Hughes with their first four picks.
Panthers added RB Barner in 6th round of NFL draft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have selected Oregon running back Kenjon Barner with their sixth-round pick in the NFL draft.
Barner hails from the same school as current Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, a first-round pick out of from Oregon in 2008.
The 5-foot-9, 196-pound Barner ran for 1,767 yards as a senior, the second-highest total in school history and the tenth-highest in Pac-12 Conference annals. He scored 23 touchdowns last season, 21 of those on the ground.
In the 36 games prior to his senior season Barner amassed 3,825 all-purpose yards, averaging 9 yards per touch.
He joins a crowded backfield in Carolina that includes Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.
Eagles select CB Jordan Poyer in 7th round
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer with their second of three seventh-round picks.
Poyer was chosen Saturday with the 218th overall selection. Poyer is listed at 6-feet and 191 pounds.
Poyer intercepted seven passes, returning one for a touchdown, as a senior and was an Associated Press first-team All-American.
Poyer also played baseball in high school and was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 42nd round as an outfielder.
Typical Oregon offense in first spring after Kelly
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns and the Oregon offense looked as potent as ever in the Ducks' first spring game under new coach Mark Helfrich.
Bralon Addison had eight catches for 136 yards, Mariota completed 13-of-15 passes and the White team defeated the Green team 65-10 Saturday.
Oregon went strictly with an offense (white) vs. defense (green) format because of nagging injuries piling up.
The scoring system heavily favored the offense, admitted Helfrich, the former offensive coordinator who took in mid-January when Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Still, the offenses put up nine touchdowns and 802 yards up against a defense that essentially knew what was coming.